Declaration of Pardon
Leader: Hear and believe the good news of the gospel.
People: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
Gloria Patri Hymn #579
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
Time with the Young Church
(afterwards all children middle school and younger are dismissed for Sunday School)
Hymn #81 “Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days” St. Flavian
Hebrew Bible Reading Psalm 32 page 623
Anthem “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley” Renee Ahern, Soloist
Gospel Reading Matthew 4: 1 - 11 page 3
Sermon “Tempting—Really Tempting”
(you are invited to use this time for prayer and personal reflection)
Affirmation of Faith A Declaration of Faith, 1977
Jesus was what we are. He grew up in a family and a society troubled by the common problems of the world. His knowledge was limited by his time and place in history. He felt deeply the joy of friendship and the hurt of being rejected. Jesus prayed, struggled with temptation, knew anger, and was subject to suffering and death. He was like us in every way except sin.
Jesus was what we should be. He served his Father with complete trust and unwavering obedience. He loved all kinds of people and accepted their love. In constant dependence upon the Holy Spirit, Jesus allowed no temptation or threat to keep him from loving God with his whole being and his neighbor as himself.
We recognize in Jesus what God created us to be. He exposes our failure to live as he lived. He demonstrates the new humanity God promises to give us through him.
The Giving of God’s Tithes and Our Offerings
Doxology Hymn #592
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise God, all creatures here below;
praise God above, ye heavenly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.